Articles and Reports featuring DARA Big Data



Dr Nikhita Madhanpall, DARA Big Data/OAD Fellow (May 2021)

Big Data Analytics Capacity Building with Radio Astronomy (Youtube video)

Dr Madhanpall gives a detailed presentation on the DARA Big Data project at the prestigious IST-Africa conference in May 2021. She discusses why the project is needed, its objectives and aims, the work so far and plans for the future. 

University of Manchester, Delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (May 2021)

Case studies to demonstrate the impact of University of Manchester research towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). DARA Big Data and the DARA Project are profiled in relation to SDG 9 (build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation).

Dr Hannah Dalgliesh, British Council, Cultural Relations Essay Collection (May 2021)

Astronomy as a catalyst for cultural relations

Dr Hannah Dalgliesh looks at astronomy as a global scientific and intercultural endeavour. This essay explores how the discipline has emerged today as a site for international development co-operation and what this tells us about cultural relations, with a particular focus on South Africa, DARA Big Data and the DARA Project.


Toni Feder, Physics Today, Volume 75 Issue 5 (May 2021)

Hackathons catch on for creativity, education, and networking

A informative article looking at the impact of hackathons internationally, featuring DARA Big Data and many well-known institutions.

Department of Physics & Astronomy blog, University of Manchester (May 2021)

DARA Big Data; Supporting a new generation of African data scientists

A blog post covering the inception and continued development of the DARA Big Data project.

Space in Africa (March 2021)

How to increase women’s participation in data science and STEM fields

An in-depth article on the SARAO Women in Data Science report.

SARAO (South African Radio Astronomy Observatory) (March 2021)

Women in Data Science (pdf)

A detailed report using DARA Big Data as a case study to analyse the lack of female involvement in data science and how this can be improved.

Astronomy & Geophysics, Volume 61, Issue 6 (Dec 2020)

Astronomy for Development

Dr Hannah Dalgliesh of the University of Oxford looks at the human capacity development programme of the DARA projects.

Dr Nikhita Madhanpall, DARA Big Data/OAD Fellow (Nov 2020)

Data Science Skills Development with Big Data Hackathons (Youtube video)

Dr Madhanpall discusses the organisation and implementation of hackathons across Africa.

75th United Nations General Assembly (Sept 2020)

The DARA Project (Youtube video)

Prof Anna Scaife discusses the DARA human capital development projects.

SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Magazine, Issue 4 (June 2020)

The DARA Projects; Training a New Generation of African Scientists (pg 11)

An extensive article looking at both DARA projects, with student interviews.

Newton Fund UK-South Africa 6th Newsletter Edition (June 2020)

Big Science Big Data (pg 13)

An overview of the 3rd Big Data Africa School, held in Cape Town in October 2019.

The Root of the Science Podcast (May 2020)

Applying data science techniques to cancer research

Podcast episode interviewing PhD student Lameck Amugongo about his research and the DARA Big Data project.

IDIA (Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy) (Feb 2020)

IDIA Big Data & Industry Skills Report

A report from partner institution IDIA, looking at hackathon organisation, support and outcomes.

Newton Fund UK-South Africa Newsletter (March 2019)

The DARA edition (pdf) 

In-depth looks at both DARA Big Data and the DARA Project, featuring student and academic interviews.